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Spain PM vows to refute 'lies and manipulations' in scandal


Spain's Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy vowed on Thursday to refute "lies and manipulation" against him in a corruption scandal that has sparked calls for him to resign.

Rajoy told a special hearing of parliament he had come to "refute the lies, manipulations and malicious insinuations encouraged by certain political leaders" over allegations that he received illegal payments from his party.